Marlink and SES Ink O3b Mpower Agreement
Marlink and SES have signed a multi-year, multimillion-euro agreement providing Marlink customers with access to SES’s next-generation Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) constellation — O3b mPOWER.
Under the agreement, Marlink will offer O3b mPOWER high-speed, low-latency dedicated connectivity services to its data-intensive customers. These include OmniAccess’s humanitarian, energy, enterprise, mining, government, maritime and superyacht customers who require robust communications networks with higher speeds and lower latency dedicated for their business operations in the most remote places.
O3b mPOWER builds on the proven commercial success of SES’ first-generation O3b MEO constellation and is expected to launch in the coming months. When operational by the end of 2022, O3b mPOWER will provide unprecedented flexibility, performance coverage and scalability to extend new bandwidth-intensive network services and applications. The O3b mPOWER software-driven communication system is capable of delivering intelligent connectivity services ranging from tens of megabits to several gigabits per second, which will augment Marlink’s Smart Network solutions for its most demanding customers.
Marlink and SES have been partners for more than two decades, jointly providing connectivity solutions to maritime users, humanitarian agencies, energy and mining companies, as well as enterprise, mobility and government customers around the world by leveraging wide-beam, high-throughput GEO satellites from SES, Constellation O3b and teleportation infrastructure.
Marlink, which operates a global VSAT network, said the new agreement will enable it to further enhance the capabilities of its hybrid network solutions and offer its customers truly differentiated, flexible, reliable and secure connectivity solutions, optimized for every application, especially those requiring high throughput and low latency.
Erik Ceuppens, CEO of Marlink Group, said: “At Marlink, we are driven by technological advancements and are committed to bringing the full power of a connected, digital world to our customers’ remote workplaces. That’s why we’re excited to extend our long-term partnership with SES and bring the revolutionary high-throughput, low-latency capabilities of O3b mPOWER as part of Marlink’s Smart Network Solutions to our most demanding customers in all our vertical markets. ”
Steve Collar, CEO of SES, said: “Fast and flexible connectivity is an opportunity for all businesses, especially those operating in remote locations. Marlink customers understand the strategic need for excellent connectivity and the value of digitization. SES’s high-speed, low-latency data connectivity represents a future-proof solution for these operators.